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Published: June 18th 2014
We sell this brand at work. Reminded me of home.
For the last 2 days in Old Town every hour there is this chiming of bells, sometimes every half hour as well. Today during our photojournalism tutorial we were standing outside the clock when I noticed a lot (and I mean it got really crowded, really quickly) of people gathering around, then started the bells. I looked up and watched as the doors of the clock tower opened and statues of saints started to rotate. Every tourist within a mile stopped to watch it, the locals know the clock as Prazsky Orloj but I have come to know it as the Saints Clock.
Today we took a tour of one of the main newspapers of the Czech Republic, Hospodarske Noviny. To cut a long story short it was awkward and whilst we were meant to spend 4 hours there we were out in 45 minutes... Yeah...
Yesterday during our photojournalism class Jan taught us how to do a lot of stuff with an SLR camera, your's truly was modelling for most of the day as I was the only one who had brought the correct camera. A certain someone said he didn't get a lot out of yesterdays tute
Have a deodorant... or 2...
so I pointed out to him if he hadn't used his iPhone but instead a good camera he probably would have enjoyed it more.
I absolutely commend anyone who has had to travel overseas with a dietary restriction it is impossible over here. I didn't have any sandwhich fillings yesterday so I ate something that I thought was gluten free, turns out I am even sensitive to some of the ingredients used in preparation for that meal because my gut was a mess afterwards. I went shopping today and brought some fillings (trying to navigate a store where absolutely nothing is in English made things interesting) and this afternoon I had my first proper totally gluten free meal whilst I've been here.
It was a pretty full on day yesterday, I also lined up 3 interviews, thank goodness! It's a real struggle sometimes when nothing seems to be going your and your course participants have interviews coming out of their interviews.
Everyone over here is going on about the soccer and I mean everyone. Personally I have no interest in it at all, the same goes for the State of Origin back home. I thought travelling half
Cute mini ice tea.
way across the world would get me away from sport but noooo....
I am undecided if I want to wander down to the cemetery or go into Old Town Square. I might find that retched poltergeist that keeps playing with my toilet seat!
since I was a little girl I aways said to myself "if I go to Europe I will buy a Babushka Doll, that way it's genuine!" I keep seeing them everywhere around in tourist shops and yesterday I ended up buying one. Now I want to buy another one or two because things always look better in odds!
Sorry for the short choppy sentences...
I also had my first encounter with a Czech drugerie (pharmacy), deodorants over here are cheap as chips, only about $2 or so but mascara is around the same price as at my work. Everything else could fluctuate between being significantly cheaper (deodorants as I mentioned) to around the same price (panadol). The language barrier continues to be a problem so I have found a few checkout chicks who literally say nothing and I just blend into the crowd easily. Makes life so much easier.
Unlike in the
More of Old Town Square.
States no one seems to care that you're a tourist, they don't bother making conversation or even acknowledging that you can't speak their language... No matter how polite a
Tonight we are supposed to be seeing a jazz band called Najponk and as you can probably tell I am totally enthused by the prospect of it. I mean really.... Really today apart from the newspaper tour and the jazz band thing I have been enjoying the company of my DS in my hotel room. It also gave me a chance to write this and start working on my assignment as well as send 1000 emails back and forth.
I've figured out American journalism techniques and Australian ones are totally different, American is very much foot in the door "tell me more!" whereas Australian is all about keeping distances and ensuring your sources don't feel harassed. Maybe we are more relaxed when it comes to interviews, naturally we get frustrated when you can't get into contact with a source but we aren't total foot in the door journalists. It could also be that if you ask around it's likely that someone will know someone that is related to someone
and you can get in that way, very similar in fact to getting a job...
Alright I am out of things to write! We have a class with Rob Cameron from the BBC tomorrow which will be interesting and will give me something a little more to talk on, this entries been kind of boring... Lol.
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